By Matt Noonan
The Boston Red Sox reached an important milestone on Sunday, which was [.500].
Yes, they reached it, and while there won’t be any celebrations, Duck Boats or a state of the union, the Red Sox return home to Fenway Park on Monday and plan to continue this “winning trend.”
Yet, why are we all so excited? The season isn’t anywhere near half-over and yes, Sox fans are elated, but why? Why, Sox fans, why? Heck, we didn’t even win the World Series, so is there really a need for this much joy?
I find it hard to fathom that various Bostonians are feeling good about “their team,” especially after Boston’s incredibly slow start in April. Losing six games in a row, as well as a handful of contests against the Los Angles Angels and Toronto Blue Jays the past few weeks isn’t good news.
John Lackey shouldn’t make anyone feel special, as his last two starts have been dreadful. He’s allowed 19 hits, 17 runs and two home runs in two back-to-back games. So, can someone please explain to me, why this isn’t a cause for concern? Shouldn’t we be chastising the front office about this struggling pitcher?
How about the bullpen, hasn’t this unit been unreliable?
What has Bobby Jenks done to help this team? Jenks, who has yet to earn one save this season, has struck out 10 batters and owns a [9.35 ERA], so again, this isn’t a good sign, right?
Although, rather than focusing on the negatives, allow me to state some positives, as the Sox offense has been improving, especially since their opening series against the Texas Rangers. They rank 10th in the MLB with runs , 11th in batting average [.257] and 10th in slugging percentage [.405].
Boston’s shinning stars have clearly been both Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez, who have definitely overcome their slow starts. Beckett leads the team with a [1.75 ERA], while Gonzalez has led the offense with nine home runs, 34 RBIs and 26 runs.
So, again, I understand the need to go dancing in the streets, but let’s remember Red Sox fans, this season is far from over. There is still a great deal of baseball left to be played and yes, many stories that aren’t “written in the stars,” so as long as they keep playing, we’ll keep having opinionated words to share about our beloved Boston Red Sox.